This is the Chick Lit I have been looking for! This is the Chick Lit I deserve! Oh my gosh, it’s been a long time since I read a good romance. This one had the right about of cute/squeal-worthy moments and just the right amount of depth. I actually listened to this one on audiobook and it was really entertaining to listen to. Sometimes audiobooks get a little monotonous and I stop paying attention, but I didn’t have that issue with this one at all. One part even made me scream while driving because something happened that I didn’t expect, haha.
The main character of Maybe in Another Life is Hannah Martin. Hannah is 29 years old and still figuring out what she wants to do in life when it comes to her career, where she wants to live, her love life, etc. She ends up moving back to her hometown where she settles in at her best friend Gabby’s house. They go out and run into Hannah’s old boyfriend, Ethan. At the end of the night Hannah has 2 choices: Go home with Gabby or stay out with Ethan. This is where the book starts.
From there we get to see where each path leads Hannah and those around her. This is done quite masterfully through alternating chapters. I have never read a book like this, so for me, it was refreshing and unique. This is a hard book to talk about without giving things away, so I won’t say much more about the plot.
Maybe in Another life is quite thought-provoking. You will find yourself thinking about pertinent choices you have made yourself in life and where you might have ended up if you had chosen differently. This book also explores ideas like soulmates (do they exist?) and fate (will things end the same way no matter our choices?).
I found out about Taylor Jenkins Reid from someone I follow on Goodreads. This person doesn’t particularly read Chick Lit or Romance, but they enjoyed another book by her. I thought she must be pretty good if that person liked her work (they gave her novel, After I Do, 5 stars). Maybe in Another Life doesn’t even seem to be this author’s most popular work, so I am very excited to explore the rest of her books. I have a feeling I will like them just as much, if not more!
Have you read anything by Taylor Jenkins Reid or perhaps have a favorite? Tell me all about it in the comments!
At the age of twenty-nine, Hannah Martin still has no idea what she wants to do with her life. She has lived in six different cities and held countless meaningless jobs since graduating college. On the heels of leaving yet another city, Hannah moves back to her hometown of Los Angeles and takes up residence in her best friend Gabby’s guestroom. Shortly after getting back to town, Hannah goes out to a bar one night with Gabby and meets up with her high school boyfriend, Ethan.
Just after midnight, Gabby asks Hannah if she’s ready to go. A moment later, Ethan offers to give her a ride later if she wants to stay. Hannah hesitates. What happens if she leaves with Gabby? What happens if she leaves with Ethan?
In alternating chapters, we see two possible scenarios unfold—with stunningly different results.